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Does Design affect health?

Can interior design affect your health?

YES, I believe it can have a positive effect on your health. This may be a theory that can’t be proven, however sometimes we just have to trust our instincts, and mine is that it can help.

From a personal point of view, I am hugely affected by my surroundings and notice this on a daily basis. I adopt my environment to the time of day or indeed my mood and how I want to feel. When I want to relax, I draw curtains or blinds, turn off most artificial light with the exception of some mood lighting such as my Salt lamp or a soft table lamp. I light candles and turn my diffuser on. I enjoy the idea of being able to make small changes that can really affect the way I feel.  For me, doing these things signify a change in my day. I know it is now my down time, responsibilities seize for a moment and I can now wind down. Any anxieties now have the opportunity to dilute, for me using a mixture of pure essential oils in my diffuser and having my salt lamp on, really help me. Some sceptical people may say, this is a placebo effect, however I really think that is irrelevant, it works for me and the same or different may suit you, but if you do not try, you will never know.

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If you look at society in general and the various social classes and see what they are surrounded by and indeed their behaviour, this explains a lot. The more affluent members of society,lets take a look at their posture when they sit, how they speak, how they act within the space, the point I am making is not that this is better, it is just affecting them to some degree. Surrounding yourself with luxurious materials and products such as these will create this sort of atmosphere.

Ever watched the shows about hoarding, notice their behaviour. It is anxious, chaotic, stressful, and the are possibly even ill on top of that. You never think, wow they look really happy and full of energy.

Take a look at people in the type of homes that are built in grand designs, these people are surround by raw, organic materials and finishes. There buildings are all about bringing the outside in out and using materials that are sustainable or re-used. Baring all this in mind, this is all a very positive environment, raw materials create a calm vibe, and a sense of back to the basics, glass is energising and a connection with the outdoors is so stress relieving especially from inside a nice warm house.

Usually these buildings are in the middle of the countryside or somewhere quaint, therefore there is peace and calmness, which again is stress reliving which helps to contribute to overall health. Harmony, peace and avoiding stress are beyond essential for a healthy balanced body. Stress is the number one killer, not many people believe this, but many diseases are activated by stress. It causes so much damage to the body. If this is something you do not want, then start making some changes. Zen your life, make the changes you need to feel, serine, calm at peace with life. For furniture that is all about the relaxed, country vibe OKA have just the collection for you.

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However, if this kind of home is not within your reach at the moment, then let’s take a step back and think of what is possible within the average terraced house. You may now be more restricted than others, but where there is a will, there is a way. For you its time ask yourself what is bothering me? Am I tired, stressed, low in energy, depressed, or feeling negative? Well none of these are good for you. Ask yourself ,what can you do to make a change. You can surround yourself with things that make you feel good and that have a positive effect on your behaviour, therefore creating a much calmer atmosphere, this in turn will brush off on everyone else. Maybe your space needs some art to bring it to life or add that relaxed element, your sure to find something to suit your taste at art republic.

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You are probably thinking, what is she waffling about. Your scared you will have to spend a lot of money when in fact small changes can make a difference. Clear out your cupboards and storage, get rid of what you don’t need, a sort of home cleanse. Then re-organise them all, bearing in mind when and how you use the items, so that you can make the process as seamless as possible. It is all about making life easier. Once this is done, you should already feel more relaxed and then stress will become less and less as you start to make use of the products.  Now your thinking, this cannot change my life, don’t be so sceptical.

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Now it is time to think, how do I want to feel within my space. For me, I want a sense of freshness, so all my walls are white. I like simplicity. My walls are my canvass to show off my furniture etc. For me it is about shapes, clean lines, square edges, rectangles and squares. This says a lot about my personality, I stress easily, therefore I like organisation. I am sometimes anxious, so I don’t not like clutter. I like to feel calm for when I do feel this way, hence the white walls. I am energetic and self motivated, so I do not need lots of colour to do this, therefore I have overall monochrome colour scheme. However, this is not everyone’s taste or indeed what they need, so read on.

Some people struggle with motivation and moods, so maybe colour is more suitable for them, they need to be energised, engaged, and stimulated by their surroundings. Studies’ have been done to show that colour, lights and tactile things are shown to help with people with Autism.

Colour is powerful.

Many studies on colour have been done. Colour is essential in health. They all have different effects on each of us, and we should all know what we should surround ourselves by colour that will help our individual needs. I have attached pdf I found which will help you with what should work for you.

https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/ColourBreathing.pdf

Some people love to be surrounded by memories and things that mean something to them, family photos, things they have collected along their travels etc. Home to these people is a very personal thing and maybe good design is not their priority.

Some people see a home as their cocoon, they want to arrive home after a long day at the office and they really need to differentiate between the two and leave it behind. Therefore, their interior may need to have a cosy, warm relaxed atmosphere, full of neutral tones and textiles that add comfort and a warm deep atmosphere. For them it is all about comfort, with some luxury. Candles can really create a relaxing environment. Soft lighting also adds a sense of calm.

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If this is all too much for you and you would love someone to access you and your needs, I would love to help, get in touch via email or phone to discuss you needs for a free no obligation chat.

07547484211

interiors@danielledurkandesigns.com

Hope this was helpful and thought provoking.

Wish you all a healthy happy year surrounded by a space that enhances your life!

Bye for now

XOXO

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